At Eaton Park Academy, we want all of our pupils to feel safe and happy in school. Our school’s child-friendly definition of bullying is:
Bullying is hurting someone physically or emotionally Several Times On Purpose – STOP Bullying!
We help our pupils by:
- Helping them to know what bullying is
- Sharing what children should do if they feel like they are being bullied, or if someone else is being bullied
- Teaching them who they can go to if they need support or someone to talk to
- Being there to support our pupils to make things better
Remember, sometimes we don’t know if something bad is happening, so it is important to tell someone about how you are feeling. If you want to, you can always use our online worry box to share how you are feeling through our website.
What we do in school:
Every year we support our pupils by taking part in the national Anti-bullying Week. During this week, our pupils learn about the different types of bullying, what they should do if they feel like they are being targeted and whom they can talk to.
Throughout the year, we have various assemblies and themed days linked to online safety, bullying, friendships and our academy values, which all underpin and support our pupils with being good role models and with their understanding of what bullying is.
We also support our pupils through the use of our academy’s Ambassadors who are trained on how to deal with any reports of bullying.
Who can help you in school?
Miss R Hickton – Anti-Bullying Leader
Mrs J Bell – Head of Academy/ Safeguarding
Mrs C Sawyer – Vice Principal
Mrs J Oakes – Inclusion/ Safeguarding
Mrs M Sherwin – Family Support Worker
Types of unwelcome acts of bullying include:
Physical – hitting, kicking, tripping up, pinching, pushing or damaging property
Verbal – name calling, insults, teasing, ‘jokes’, mocking, taunting, gossiping, secrets and threats.
Non-verbal – staring, body language, gestures, posturing.
Indirect – excluding / leaving people out, spreading rumours and stories, emails, chat rooms, messaging phones, notes, making rude gestures or faces.
Racist – name calling, or negative comments about race, culture or religion
Online bullying or Cyberbullying – any of those actions above that take place online through digital devices e.g., mobile phones, computers and tablets.
What can parents do to support us?
“Follow the Three Step Parents and Carers Guide to Reporting Bullying with Confidence.”
1. Is it bullying? Bullying is “Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally.” 2. What should I do? We expect parents to:
– Inform the school of any suspected bullying even if it’s not their child. – Encourage their child to report bullying to a member of staff. – Inform their child not to retaliate through violence in any situation. – If their child has been accused of bullying, work in partnership with the school and listen to the evidence.
3. What happens next? We will:
– Listen and take time to talk to children who disclose bullying, take what they say seriously and investigate the situation. – Report back to parents/carers regarding their concerns about bullying as quickly as possible. – Use a variety of techniques to resolve the issues between those who bully and those who have been bullied.
Digital Literacy Leader (Y2) – ‘Don’t talk to strangers online, if a stranger does talk to us then tell an adult.’
Playground Warrior (KS1) – ‘We stop bullying so nobody gets hurt in school. We must not hurt anybody physically.’
LKS2 Pupil (Y4) – ‘If we see someone bullying, we tell an adult and don’t keep it inside because it will keep getting worse.’
Digital Literacy Leader (KS2) – ‘We keep ourselves safe online by not giving our personal information out and reporting things we don’t like to a trusted adult.’
UKS2 Pupil (Y6) – ‘We know that our school definition of bullying is where you hurt someone Several Times On Purpose – STOP bullying!’
Useful websites and links:
Kidscape – Help With Bullying (kidscape.org.uk)
Anti-Bullying Alliance – For Parents and Carers (anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk)
Mindmate – Worried about bullying? – MindMate
Childline – Childline | Childline